La Source, the spring with water which is believed to miraculously cure all diseases, is located near the grotto. Don’t leave Lourdes without a drink of water from the famous spring; it is collected in reservoirs and available in cans or plastic bottles.
The Basilica of Pius X with a capacity of 20,000 people is one of the largest churches in the world. The museum dedicated to Ste-Bernadette and her childhood home are especially ... More popular with pilgrims.
The terrace of the Lourdes castle, accessible by elevators, gives a good view of the town. The museum in the castle is a good visit for those eager to learn about the history, customs and culture of the area.
The towering Pyrenees offer many opportunities for hiking, taking scenic drives to the waterfall in Gavarnie or mountain climbing in Col de Tourmalet.
Lourdes enjoys a slightly extreme climate with warm summers and cold, dry winters. The mountainous region also sees snow and frost in the winter. With temperatures averaging at 20°C, June to September is the best time for travel, but there may be heavy rainfall.
Lourdes was originally a fortified market town. ... More In the late 1800s, a sighting of the Virgin Mary by a village girl, Bernadette, turned it into one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites. Today, the commercial exploitation of the pilgrimage disappoints many visiting devotees.
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